Whippet puppy undergoes emergency surgery to remove 2ft tree branch in leg

A puppy escaped death by millimetres after a 2ft tree branch ripped through her leg after getting wedged in her right thigh. 

Whippet Roxy was running through the forest in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, when she tripped and landed on a thick branch, which then reared upwards and impaled her hind leg. 

She was rushed to a nearby veterinary surgery where the emergency team who somehow managed to surgically remove the stick without damaging either the artery or the nerve.

The stick was a just a fraction away from severing a major artery in the animal’s leg and Anna, who manages the local Vets Now emergency clinic, said it was one of the most dramatic nights of her 12-year vet nursing career.

Whippet Roxy was running through the forest in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, when she tripped and landed on a thick branch, which then reared upwards and impaled her hind leg

Whippet Roxy was running through the forest in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, when she tripped and landed on a thick branch, which then reared upwards and impaled her hind leg

Whippet Roxy was running through the forest in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, when she tripped and landed on a thick branch, which then reared upwards and impaled her hind leg 

Roxy suffered the injury while darting in and out of the trees during a walk in local woods, and despite her injury, the brave puppy managed to drag herself back to a path. She is pictured in the woods before the injury

Roxy suffered the injury while darting in and out of the trees during a walk in local woods, and despite her injury, the brave puppy managed to drag herself back to a path. She is pictured in the woods before the injury

Roxy suffered the injury while darting in and out of the trees during a walk in local woods, and despite her injury, the brave puppy managed to drag herself back to a path. She is pictured in the woods before the injury 

‘In all my time working with animals I’ve never seen anything quite like this.’ she said. ‘It was a pretty extraordinary case, as the photos show.

‘But amazingly, and probably against the odds, our vet Peter was able to remove the stick without doing any harm to Roxy and she was well enough to walk the next morning.

‘Roxy’s owners thought they were going to lose her but her case shows that even in the bleakest of situations there’s always cause for hope if you act quickly.’ 

Roxy suffered the injury while darting in and out of the trees during a walk in local woods, and despite her injury, the brave puppy managed to drag herself back to a path where her owners found her and scooped her up.

The stick was a just a fraction away from severing a major artery in the animal's leg

The stick was a just a fraction away from severing a major artery in the animal's leg

The stick was a just a fraction away from severing a major artery in the animal’s leg

Roxy was rushed to a nearby veterinary surgery where the emergency team who somehow managed to surgically remove the stick without damaging either the artery or the nerve

Roxy was rushed to a nearby veterinary surgery where the emergency team who somehow managed to surgically remove the stick without damaging either the artery or the nerve

Roxy was rushed to a nearby veterinary surgery where the emergency team who somehow managed to surgically remove the stick without damaging either the artery or the nerve

They carried her half a mile to their car and then set off immediately for the Vets Now emergency clinic where Anna, Peter and their team anaesthetised Roxy before cutting the branch at both sides.

Then they began the nerve-wracking task of prising out the remainder – knowing that if it snapped the consequences could be serious.

Fortunately, they were able to remove it whole and then went to work to flush out pieces of bark from the entry and exit wounds.

Roxy was kept in overnight for observation — and much to Anna’s surprise she recovered quicker than expected.

The next morning Roxy was transferred to her daytime vets before being allowed home.

Fortunately, vets were able to remove it whole and then went to work to flush out pieces of bark from the entry and exit wounds

Fortunately, vets were able to remove it whole and then went to work to flush out pieces of bark from the entry and exit wounds

Fortunately, vets were able to remove it whole and then went to work to flush out pieces of bark from the entry and exit wounds

Within days she was back to her normal self – doing ‘zoomies’, which is running at high speed in ever decreasing circles with her tail wagging frantically, and sniffing out food at a hundred paces.

Anna said: ‘We’re all so pleased that Roxy has made such a good recovery, she was a lovely little character who made a big impression on us all.

‘The branch had penetrated through the quadriceps, very narrowly missing a major artery and had come to rest right up against the sciatic nerve prior to exiting the caudal aspect of the thigh.

‘What an incredible escape she’s had! She’s a very lucky and very brave puppy.’ 

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